The 2022 Columbia-Nikkei journalism scholarship awarded to former Arirang TV producer Minju Kim
Columbia Journalism School and Nikkei Inc. have named Minju Kim as the 2022-23 Nikkei Scholar. The $100,000 scholarship is awarded annually to an exceptional journalism school candidate who is a resident of Asia and plans to specialize in data or business reporting. Nikkei Inc. is the parent company of the Financial Times, the publisher of the Nikkei and Nikkei Asia.
"My education at the Columbia Journalism School would not have been possible without the generous support from the Columbia-Nikkei scholarship,” Kim said. “Through the Data Journalism program, I am already starting to utilize the extraordinary power of data to report on issues I deeply care about. As a data journalist, I hope to continue reporting on climate and energy policies in Asia, making the issue more prominent and accessible to others. I am grateful to Nikkei Inc. and Columbia University for making it possible for me to pursue this work."
Minju Kim, 27, holds a BA in media studies at Macalester College with two minor degrees in computer science and art history. Since graduating, she has worked at various media organizations where she produced broadcast and digital news. She has created a mini documentary series for Twin Cities PBS featuring the Somali artists in Minnesota and spent many months covering the COVID-19 pandemic in South Korea. More recently, she worked as a media editor at Solutions for Our Climate, where she focused on raising public awareness of renewable energy technology. She is thrilled to be attending Columbia Journalism School, where she hopes to further her passion for climate and environmental journalism through innovative data reporting.
The Columbia-Nikkei Scholarship was established in 2017 to fund exemplary candidates who wish to specialize in data and business journalism. Students who are residents of Asia with an interest in the M.S. Data Journalism or M.A. Business and Economics concentration will be considered for the Columbia-Nikkei Scholarship.
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For more than a century, the school has been preparing journalists in programs that stress academic rigor, ethics, journalistic inquiry and professional practice. Founded with a gift from Joseph Pulitzer, the school opened its doors in 1912. It offers a Master of Science, Master of Arts, a joint Master of Science degree in Computer Science and Journalism, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Communications. It houses the Columbia Journalism Review, the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, and the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. In addition to the Pulitzer Prizes, the school administers many of the leading journalism awards, including the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, the Maria Moors Cabot Prizes, the John Chancellor Award, the John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism, the Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma, the Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award, and the Mike Berger Award.
Nikkei Inc. is a world-renowned media brand for Asian news, respected for quality journalism and for being a trusted provider of business news and information. Founded as a market news provider in Japan in 1876, Nikkei has grown into one of the world’s largest media corporations, with 37 foreign editorial bureaus and approximately 1,500 journalists worldwide. Nikkei acquired the UK-based Financial Times in 2015. Our combined digital and print circulation totals over 2.5 million, and we are continually deploying new technologies to increase our readership.
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